Though it ended with an entertaining championship, the conclusion of the 2012-13 college basketball season brought about a widely held and grim assessment — scoring was down and because of that, the sport was in danger.
To some, the game had become stale. Once defined by fluidity and rhythm, it was now home to bad offensive play, overly aggressive defenses and contests in which neither team cracked 60 points.
Division I teams averaged 67.5 points per game in 2012-13, the lowest mark since 1981-82. That was four years before the shot clock and five years before the 3-point line was introduced.